(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)


Born: 1766, Dresden, Germany. Died: 1849, Dresden, Germany.



The plants are from the herbarium of Johann Centurius Graf von Hoffmannsegg), owner of a botanical garden, who made some travels to Portugal in the years 1795 and 1798-1801.3 In Java he had a friend who made natural history collections on his behalf, as is evident from letters written by Hoffmannsegg to A.P. Decandolle, dated July 18, 1837, and Sept. 13, 1838 (in the Archives of the Conserv. Bot. at Geneva). He employed a certain Sieber to make entomological collections in Brazil; the latter occasionally collected plants too.4

The genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. was named after him.



Herb. Berl. [B]: 90 nos of Java plants;1 Herb. Decand. (Geneva [G]): 157 Java plants; some dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L]. His herbarium of mosses came into the possession of M. le past. Duby at Geneva [G],2 and later with the latter’s in Herb. Boissier [G]. The Java plants date from about 1837-38. Java dupl. in Herb. Vienna [W]. Evidently including plants from primeval forest.



(1) cf. Pflanzenreich Heft 91, p. 77.

(2) cf. A. Decandolle, Phytographie, 1880, p. 420.

(3) Author of ‘Flore portugaise, etc.’ (Berlin 1809-40).

(4) cf. Lasègue, Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 475.